Final field photos

After a whirlwind week of photography, profile mapping, micromorph sampling, and backfilling, we successfully completed the first and longest phase of fieldwork for the Garden Creek Archaeological Project. Alicia and I made the trek back to Michigan over the weekend, and soon, I will begin analyzing the artifacts from the site at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology with several of the students who joined us earlier this season. Throughout this process, we plan to regularly update this blog with our ongoing findings, so please check back often!

For now, we offer a few photos of our last week in the field, including the final shots of the 110 cm deep earthwork ditch that kept us busy in August. We would also be completely remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to thank our local archaeological colleagues for their help and advice this season (in particular, Scott Ashcraft of Pisgah National Forest, who spent a week in the ditch with us) and the many residents of Plott Farm who facilitated our work this summer, especially Will and Brittany Warren, Joe, Brenda, and Jordan Worley, Tom and Susan Anspach, and Robert and Julie Cathey. The ability to work so closely with the local community made this one of my most fulfilling field experiences, and I can’t wait to continue our collaboration in the near future. Project members plan to be back in Haywood County intermittently through the next year, to give talks at the local schools, install at exhibit at the Canton Area Historical Museum, and undertake some quick and focused excavations next spring — we’ll see you all again then!

Scott and Alice clean scraping the ditch for a photo. The holes on the left are bisected stains and postholes.

Unit 8, with the ditch entirely excavated, looking grid southwest (about true west). The filled-in unit in the upper right was the crosssection tench. According the the magnetometer, the ditch turns a corner in the grassy area between the two units.The ditch, looking grid south. It just barely starts to turn a corner in the southwest portion of the unit. The ditch itself comes out of the west wall at an angle.

The ditch looking grid north. In the bright, late afternoon sun, you can really see how yellow the subsoil clay is! The dark area of the west wall (lower left) is actully ditch fill, because the ditch itself exited this wall at an angle. The dark stain in the upper left portion of this wall is an intrusive pit the probably dates to the lter Pisgah phase use of the site. In the north profile, you can see the three major zones of ditch fill, some of which include lenses of dump and erosion episodes.

Southwest corner of Unit 8. The three major (some homogeneous, some striated) zones of fill are visible in both the south and west walls here.

Inside the ditch, looking north. The dark spot in the north wall is the remains of an isolated dumping event that included quite a bit of charcoal. Note how steep the walls are and how flat the floor is!

Backfilling with John Wright and Rita Pelczar (my parents!) who drove down from Madison County to help us close down the site for the season.

About Alice Wright

Alice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She tweets about archaeology, Appalachia, and cats @alicepwright.
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2 Responses to Final field photos

  1. Bennie says:

    You had a great season. I feel so fortunate ti have been able to visit you and to see the excellent excavations. It brought back vivid memories of my investigations there some 46 years ago. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the analysis and thank you for your promise to keep this blog updated.

    We will see you at SEAC in November.


  2. Katie P says:

    Glad to see the parental units were put to good use. Cue the Bengay and Advil. …..katie p. (AKA favorite aunt) 🙂

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